1. Sambhoga and vipralambha

    Krsna can be felt, Krsna can be present more acutely in separation. That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s teaching: to love Krsna in separation. Just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu in separation: govinda virahena me. “Everything is vacant without Govinda, without Krsna.” So everything is vacant, but Krsna consciousness is there. Krsna consciousness is there, sir. So that is the highest perfectional… So Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s teaching is that vipralambha seva. By His practical life. He’s finding out Krsna. Govinda virahena me. Sunyayitam jagad sarvam govinda virahena me. What is that verse? Caksusa pravisayitam, caksusa pravasayitam sunyayitam jagad sarvam govinda virahena me. He’s crying like torrents of rain coming out of the eyes, and He’s feeling everything vacant for want of Krsna, separation.

    So sambhoga and vipralambha. There are two stages of meeting Krsna. Sambhoga means when He’s personally present. That is called sambhoga. Personally talking, personally meeting, personally embracing, that is called sambhoga. And there is another, vipralambha. The two ways a devotee can be benefited.

    Srila Prabhupada; lecture, SB 1.8.39 / Los Angeles — May 1, 1973